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Course specifics

Entry Requirements

  • A minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade 3 and above
  • GCSE combined science grades 3,3 minimum or grade 3 in GCSE Biology
  • Students who have achieved below D/3 are unsuitable for this course.



Exam board: AQA

100%2015-2016 saw a 100% pass rate with 70% A*-C

This AQA course enables you to explore the vast and exciting world of Biology!

The diverse range of topics includes how the human body works, how plants photosynthesise, our impact on the environment and evolution.

The course provides an excellent understanding of the human body and how it functions, as well as the world around us and our impact on it. This is an intensive one-year course designed for students who wish to build upon existing knowledge gained from secondary Sciences to achieve a grade 4 or above in a Science GCSE.

Traditionally taught at secondary level over a much longer time period, this course is fast-paced with lots to learn so you need to be a highly motivated and hard-working independent learner! Students wishing to enter the health care professions or primary teaching in the future who require a grade 4 or 5 in a Science GCSE would be ideally suited. 

This is a complimentary course for students alongside their AS/A2 studies and although available for Level 2, you must be prepared for a challenging course and have good written communication and mathematical skills.

You must also complete a number of required practical assessments. Questions on the written exams test the knowledge and understanding you will have gained through completion of the practical assessments.



Topics 1-4


  • Cell Biology
  • Organisation
  • Infection and Response
  • Bioenergetics

Topics 5-7


  • Homeostasis and Response
  • Inheritance
  • Variation and Evolution
  • Ecology
Biology Student

Biology Student

‘Interesting, fun and enjoyable. But also fast paced and demanding with the amount you have to learn in the short space of time’

Biology Student

Meet the Science teachers and students

Methods of Learning and Teaching

During lessons you will be encouraged to contribute ideas, work with other students and make appropriate notes. Theory is reinforced by practical work where appropriate to the specification.

Methods of assessment

Topics 1-4 are tested in a 1 hour 45 minute written exam (50% marks). 

Topics 5-7 are tested in another 1 hour 45 minute written exam (50% marks). 


Dedicated, well-resourced science laboratories are used for lessons. A textbook and revision guide is provided (on loan) to all students. The college Learning Resource Centre (LRC) provides a well-stocked section of Biology books and access to on-line resources.


Students achieving at least grade 4 can use it as an entry qualification to the Applied Science (Applied Biology) Level 3 BTEC Subsidiary Diploma course or the A level Psychology course (if other entry requirements are met).

Students achievingat leasta grade 6 maybe considered for entry onto an A level Science course (if other entry requirements are met).

GCSE Science grade 4 is required to access many university courses, including: Primary Teaching, Nursing and other healthcare related courses.

This course would form part of your Access to Level 3 Programme – click here to find out more.